Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is mulling over a move for his former Juventus defender Martin Caceres after the Uruguayan defender failed to find himself a new club over the summer.
Calcio Mercato report that Conte is considering his options in a bid to further develop his squad depth at Stamford Bridge, despite the deadline day arrivals of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz.
The signings of the defensive pair papered over the cracks after the west London club missed out on a number of their key transfer targets including Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci.
Premier League champion N'Golo Kante was the only high-profile name the club managed to lure to Stamford Bridge without the added attraction of Champions League football, whilst the promising Michy Batshuayi joined from Marseille.
After a frustrating transfer window, the new Chelsea manager still appears uncertain of the credentials of his playing squad and is weighing up a move for Caceres.
As a free agent, the player is able to join a club outside of the transfer window and the Italian coach is collecting extensive information on the defender's condition.
Conte is intrigued as to Caceres' physical state after enduring a number of persistent injuries in recent times which saw his career at Juventus draw to a close after five years of service.
Upon leaving the Old Lady, the defender received high praise for his efforts across the back line in Turin, but featured just six times during his final season with the Italian champions as a result of injury.
The versatile defender, who could cost the Premier League side around £2.5m to sign on, makes for an intriguing proposition for Conte with question marks still remaining over a defence that leaked 53 goals last season.